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Laura Linney

Highest Rated:   100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% Running Mates (2000)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
The daughter of respected off-Broadway playwright Romulus Linney, Laura Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964. Her parents divorced when she was six months old. Thanks to her father's job, Linney grew up working in the theater, both behind the scenes and, in her late teens, on the stage. Following prep school in Massachusetts, she attended both Brown University and Juilliard, and she was soon appearing in a number of Broadway productions. She garnered notice for her roles in plays like The Seagull and Six Degrees of Separation, and won particular acclaim for her performance in Hedda Gabler.Linney made her onscreen debut in 1992 with a small role as a teacher in Lorenzo's Oil. The following year, she had a brief but pivotal role as Kevin Kline's presidential mistress in Dave, appeared in Searching for Bobby Fischer, and landed a lead as one of the protagonists of Armistead Maupin's acclaimed Tales of the City, which aired on PBS. Linney later reprised her role as Mary Ann Singleton for More Tales of the City in 1998. Following leads in two box-office failures, A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) and Congo (1995), Linney had a supporting role as Richard Gere's lawyer/ex in Primal Fear (1996). Based on the strength of her performance, Clint Eastwood chose her to play his daughter -- another lawyer -- in Absolute Power the following year. In 1998, Linney sent up her wholesome, fresh-scrubbed appearance to great effect as Truman Burbank's wife in Peter Weir's highly acclaimed The Truman Show.The actress finally came into her own in 2000, thanks to two very different parts in two highly acclaimed independent features. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me featured Linney as Sammy, a small-town single mother whose placid life takes some interesting turns when she's visited by her errant brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo). Aided by Lonergan's precise script and her own copious note-taking, Linney turned in her most nuanced, accomplished performance to date. Critics paid attention: after its much-heralded debut at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to garner a slew of recognition for its lead actress, including Best Actress of the Year awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle, and an eventual Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Linney further polished her reputation with a supporting turn as the icy Bertha Dorset in director Terence Davies' adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, released in late 2000.She continued working steadily and garnered great critical respect throughout the next decade. In addition to returning for Further Tales of the City, she was one of the many talented actors who appeared in the controversial The Laramie Project. She had a few big-budget films that missed their mark in The Mothman Prophecies and The Life of David Gale, but those came around the same time as her superb turn as Sean Penn's wife in Mystic River, and as one of the few Americans in the very British romantic comedy Love Actually. She continued to earn strong reviews as the headstrong wife to Liam Neeson's Kinsey, and in 2005 offered a subtle but penetrating portrayal of a selfish mother and divorcee opposite Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale. The next year she acted opposite Robin Williams in Barry Levinson's political and social satire Man of the Year.In 2007 Linney offered a spot-on portrayal of a dissatisfied Manhattan wife and mother in The Nanny Diaries, and earned a wealth of strong reviews for her work in Tamara Jenkins' The Savages. Playing a neurotic woman opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman as her brother, Linney scored her third Academy Award nomination.2008 brought Linney her fourth Golden Globe nomination, and first win, for the portrayl of first lady Abigail Adams in the acclaimed HBO miniseries John Adams. In the following years, Linney would continue to appear in sever

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
46% The Dinner
  • Claire
2017
73% Nocturnal Animals
  • Anne Sutton
$10.7M 2016
85% Sully
  • Lorraine Sullenberger
$125.1M 2016
51% Genius
  • Louise Saunders
$1.4M 2016
38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Rebecca Vincent
$82.1M 2016
88% Mr. Holmes
  • Mrs. Munro
$14.2M 2015
No Score Yet Untitled Wikileaks/HBO Project
  • Sarah Shaw
2013
37% The Fifth Estate
  • Actor
$3.3M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Daisy
$6.4M 2012
46% The Details
  • Lila
$64.1k 2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • North Pole Computer
$46.5M 2011
29% Sympathy for Delicious
  • Nina Hogue
$13.6k 2011
38% The City of Your Final Destination
  • Caroline Gund
$0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Morning
  • Dr. Goodman
2010
No Score Yet The 39 Steps
  • Actor
2008
15% The Other Man
  • Lisa
2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic
  • Actor
2008
89% The Savages
  • Wendy Savage
$6.5M 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries
  • Mrs. X
$25.9M 2007
32% The Hottest State
  • Jesse
2007
84% Breach
  • Kate Burroughs
$33.0M 2007
21% Man of the Year
  • Eleanor Green
$37.5M 2006
48% Driving Lessons
  • Laura Marshall
2006
65% Jindabyne
  • Claire
$0.3M 2006
93% The Squid and the Whale
  • Joan Berkman
$7.1M 2005
45% The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • Erin Bruner
$75.1M 2005
No Score Yet Mary Pickford
  • Narrator
2005
90% Kinsey
  • Clara McMillen
$10.3M 2004
55% P.S.
  • Louise Harrington
$0.2M 2004
63% Love Actually
  • Sarah
$59.4M 2003
87% Mystic River
  • Annabeth Markum
$88.8M 2003
19% The Life of David Gale
  • Constance Harraway
$19.6M 2003
52% The Mothman Prophecies
  • Connie Parker
$35.3M 2002
92% The Laramie Project
  • Sherry Johnson
2002
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Nellie Wilson
2002
41% Maze
  • Callie
2001
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams
  • Voice of Zelda Fitzgerald
2001
No Score Yet Wild Iris
  • Iris Bravard
2001
81% The House of Mirth
  • Bertha Dorset
2000
95% You Can Count On Me
  • Sammy
$8.5M 2000
0% Running Mates
  • Lauren Hartman
2000
0% Lush
  • Rachel Van dyke
2000
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Melissa Gardner
1999
94% The Truman Show
  • Meryl
1998
45% Absolute Power
  • Kate Whitney
1997
74% Primal Fear
  • Janet Venable
1996
23% Congo
  • Karen Ross
1995
43% A Simple Twist of Fate
  • Nancy Newland
1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • School Teacher
1993
94% Dave
  • Randi
1993
No Score Yet Class of '61
  • Lily Magraw
1993
94% Lorenzo's Oil
  • Young Teacher
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Grantchester on Masterpiece
2015
  • Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
  • Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece
2013-2016
  • Actor
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Actor
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Actor
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Cathy Jamison
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Charlotte Voice of Mindy
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Marsha Bowen Martha Bowen
  • 1994

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